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Irish Drift Championships – Round 2 – 20-21st May 2017 #DriftontheDocks


The Irish Drift Championship brings Round 2 of the championships #DriftOntheDocks to Dun Laoghaire

May 20th & 21st 2017.

See the sneak peek here



Drifting is the fastest growing motorsport in the world and combines the most exhilarating and exciting elements of multiple disciplines to create one heart-stopping show.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport that calls for drivers to control a 200hp to 1,000hp car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked course. It is a similar to rallying, but on a closed, compact and spectator-focused course and is judged on execution, style and speed rather than on who finishes the course fastest.

Drifting takes all the thrilling moments and challenges from traditional motorsports and packs them together into non-stop competition where 120 drivers must battle head-to-head in order to find a winner.

It is incredibly difficult to master, extremely dangerous and rewards only the most naturally skilled competitors. It is very much the chosen motorsport of the new generation and is currently the most-watched and followed motorsport in Ireland.


The Irish Drift Championship is the only professional drift series in Ireland and is currently regarded as one of the world’s best in terms of popularity, presentation and driver talent. The championship is now entering its 13th consecutive season, witnessing dramatic growth in attendance and viewership in recent years. 


Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

Press Notice

Friday 25th November 2016


Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation

Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

 Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor today became Patron of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary programme

Convening in the historic Harbour Lodge in Dun Laoghaire, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation met the members of the Steering Group, which includes the Pavilion Theatre, DLR County Council, the RNLI, the Coal Harbour Users Group, The National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Heritage Centre, a representative of the 4 Yacht Clubs, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID).


The Bicentenary Steering Group met to discuss a series of initiatives to commemorate and celebrate the 200 year history of this historic harbour.

May 31st 1817 saw the laying of the first stone in the creation of one of the world’s finest man-made harbours , originally named as “The Royal Harbour of King George 1V at Kingstown”

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said ” this is an incredibly exciting initiative , of national and international significance. We will be engaging with members of the Irish Diaspora all over the world, so that we can gather relevant stories and memorabilia, and create a legacy both online and physical, a legacy which this special place fully deserves”


Contact: Carolyn Hanaphy 01 271 3203


Image 1 – Steering group meet in the Harbour Lodge Boardroom (Group Photo).

Image 2 – (L-R) Donal Marren (Chairperson of the Group), Minster Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin.

Image 3 – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Logo.




Defense Forces International Operational Service Medal Award


Dun Laoghaire Harbour welcomes the Defense Forces this Saturday 26th November 16.

Members of the Permanent Defense Force will be presented at a ceremony on the Carlisle Pier with the International Operational Service Medals in recognition of their humanitarian mission overseas.


The LE James Joyce (P62) will return to berth on the Carlisle Pier in recognition of the event at 12:00.

The event will not be open the public but can be viewed from the Harbour Plaza or the East Pier.



Fillit @ Dun Laoghaire Harbour

fillit-logoDun Laoghaire Harbour Company are making space in the harbour available for pop up events (short term lease).

The Harbour Company has teamed up with Fillit, the new online platform that connects people and spaces.

In the past the harbour has hosted a variety of events from the Red Bull Flug Tag , Rainbow Run and The Beatyard.

Fillit puts great locations like Dun Laoghaire Harbour in contact with companies for events, pop-ups, retail, promotions etc.

The spaces available in the harbour are


Boney M 2016 167 149 size
St Michael’s Pier


Evening Panorama Of East Pier
Carlisle Pier


Harbour Plaza


East Pier Bandstand/Sun-shelter

Find out more







Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 Date Confirmed


The Volvo Dun Laoghaire biennial Regatta is now the biggest sailing regatta in Ireland and second largest in the British Isles after Cowes Week attracting 400 competing boats and 2500 sailors.

 The Event is sponsored by Volvo Car Ireland and supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

& Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,

The event will take place 6-9 July 2017.

Find out more.

Family Funfair 29th Sept to 9th Oct

Birds EuroShow returns to Dun Laoghaire for a two week event.

Thursday 29th September to Sunday 9th October 

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday – Open from 17:00

Sat & Sundays – Open from 12:00


The funfair has a host of activities for families including a rollercoaster, thrill rides,  vintage carousel, waltzers and wurlitzers and lots more.

To celebrate the two week event there will be a firework display on the evening of Friday 30th September (Fireworks display starts at 22:00).





Duffy’s Circus returns to Dun Laoghaire Harbour


Duffys Circus returns to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this September 12th to 18th.

The circus will run a week of performances as follows


Monday 19:30 

Tues – Wednesday 16:30 & 19:30

No performances on Thursday

Friday – 16:30 & 17:30

Saturday – Sunday 14:00 & 17:00.


To book online log on here.  Watch the Duffys Circus 2016 video.










86th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim Winners

A very big congratulations to the Winners of the 86th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race.

Yvon McCarthy from Eastern Bay and Josh Reilly from Sandycove are the respective winners of the female and male Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race 2016.

The race takes place each summer in the harbour and is the only swimming race to do so. The 2,200 metre event is ran by the Leinster Open Sea who run a variety of events around the country throughout the year.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race is one of its key annual races and a very sought after event for men, women and children that compete.

The event starts from the RNLI slipway at the start of the east pier and heads out towards the mouth of the harbour. The swimmers then turn and swim along the length of the east pier as locals & family and friend watch excitedly.

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CqcP6EcXYAAnVoD.jpg largePictured above – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race Winners 2016

L-R – Yvon McCarthy (Eastern Bay) and Josh Reilly (Sandycove)


(Pictured above – L-R Richie Leinster Open Sea, Gerry Dunne CEO Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company &

ladies winner Yvon McCarthy (Eastern Bay) ).


(Pictured above – L-R Richie Leinster Open Sea, Gerry Dunne CEO Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company &

race winner Josh Reilly (Sandycove).

87th Annual Harbour Swim 21st August 2016 – Public Notice

Public Notice

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Annual Swim

Sunday 21 August 2016

Please note the (87th) Annual Harbour swim will take place on Sunday 21 August, 2016. All harbour users are directed to keep clear of the swimmers; this includes both watercraft and shore-side rod fishermen.

Additionally boats moored in the East Bight are not to operate their engines

  • A Childrens’ Race is scheduled to start at 13:30 hours
  • The Mens’ Race is scheduled to start at 14:30 hours
  • The Ladies’ Race is scheduled to start at approximately 15:30 hours


The Mens’ and Ladies’ races will have the same course which will last approximately fifty minutes each. HW 14:24 hours

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The course will be as follows:


  • START at RNLI Boathouse, East Pier Slipway;
  • TURN and then along front of National Yacht Club pontoons;
  • TURN at RNLI Mooring and then along length of Carlisle Pier; DIRECT from HEAD of Carlisle Pier to East Pier Lighthouse; TURN at a buoy laid off the lighthouse to go INSIDE moorings;
  • FOLLOW down the entire length of the East Pier wall so as to
  • FINISH at the East Pier Slipway



For further safety, all other Harbour users are to comply with any instructions given by the attending Race Marshals. The Marshals will be in guard boats or canoes that accompany the swimmers and will wear High Visibility jackets as an identity.


N.B.   Race times are provisional and may be subject to change


Simon Coate

Harbour Master

15 August 2016